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Powerful Phone Interviews

By Dale Kurow

Vorstellungsgespräche am TelefonPhone interviews are an der Tagesordnungde rigueur with many organizations. Companies conduct phone interviews for a number of reasons. Its a way etwa: eine Vorauswahl treffento screen out the dead wood. It gives the next interviewer baseline information from which to work. It saves money.

So, how do you sich vorbereiten (ugs. für prepare)prep for a hier: erfolgreichpowerful phone interview? And how is it different from a herkömmliches Vorstellungsgesprächface-to-face interview? Recently, three of my clients meistertenaced their phone interviews. Heres what we learned works.

=preparingPrepping for the phone interview:

If you need to call from work or from a Telefonzellephone booth or a Handycell phone, tell the screener/interviewer what the circumstances are. Its better to explain ahead of time than to suddenly have to stop midway through because of noise or an Unterbrechunginterruption.

Stand up. You ausstrahlenproject stronger energy when you stand. Or even better, walk around. Remember, the interviewer has only your words and the sound of your voice with which to beurteilenjudge you. You will come across more sicherupbeat and enthusiastic if you stand.

Even for a phone interview, you need to do your homework. The interviewer will be asking, Why do you want to work at XYZ Company? and What do you know about us?

Be prepared to answer classic questions, such as: Tell me about a difficult situation you handled well, What are your areas of development? or an all-time favorite: Why should we hire you? If you need help in formulating answers to these questions, see the suggested reading section below.

Keep your responses brief, 1–3 sentences maximum. Choose your words carefully, and be focused. Answer the question. Schweifen Sie nicht vom Thema ab.Do not go off on a tangent. This is even more important in the phone interview stage, where the interviewer will appreciate your Knappheitsuccinctness.

Have water and Lutschbonbons, Hustenbonbonsthroat lozenges zur Handhandy. If you get dry mouth (dont you hate that), these can be lifesavers.

How is a phone interview different from a face-to-face interview?

You can use Spickzettel, Notizencrib notes. And I would. Just in case you das Bibbern kriegenget the jitters or etwa: den Faden verloren habenhave a senior moment, have your responses written out (in stichpunktartigbullet form). Its better than any security blanket.

The Klangtimbre and Stimmlageinflection of your voice is critical. Modulate your voice to avoid sounding monotone. When I was a recruiter and conducted phone interviews, I could pick up immediately by the tone of the persons voice whether they had the Rüstzeugrequisite drive for the job.

A phone interview is kurz, knappbrief, sometimes 20 minutes or less. It is oftentimes a Vorauswahlscreening rather than an interview. There wont be a lot of follow-up questions based upon your responses. You wont get to connect with the interviewer. It may feel formulaic. The interviewer asks a question, and you respond. This is normal.

You will know immediately if you have done well. They will tell you they are passing you on. If you havent done well, you will get a vague response. Ask when you should wieder meldenfollow-up.

Finally, like a face-to-face interview, always send a thank-you note. A handwritten note is best. Sending an e-mail is acceptable, but less personal. Thank the interviewer for her time. Say you enjoyed the conversation and look forward to taking the next step. Indicate you will follow up within the appropriate time frame.

A successful phone interview is a wonderful prep for the in-person gig. Youve learned what your top lines are. Youve done your research. Youve made it to the next step. And your confidence level is up.

So, when you get the chance for a phone interview, embrace the opportunity. Its practice for the main event.

Dale Kurow, M.S., is an author and a career and executive coach in NYC. Dale works with clients across the U.S. and internationally, helping them to survive office politics, become better managers, and figure out their next career move. Visit Dales web site at www.dalekurow.com for information about her latest E-book, Phone Interview Skills Sharpened Right Here!

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